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Peppermint essential oil is derived from the leaves of Mentha piperita, which belongs to the Lamiaceae family. The genus Mentha comprises of over 20 individual species with a diversity of varieties and chemotypes, most of which have aromatic foliage. However, only the essential oil extracted from Mentha piperita and Mentha arvensis (Cornmint), has the sharp, crisp and familiar aroma we associate with the term ‘peppermint’. Read more…

Article by Geoff Lyth | Essential Oil Profiles | Tags: , , , , , | Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 - 2:17

Sweet marjoram essential oil is derived from the flowering tops of Origanum majorana, which is classified under the Labiatae family along with over 30 other species of ‘marjoram’ within the genus Origanum. This diversity and the fact that origanums have been widely used for both medicinal and culinary purposes over many centuries has led to a certain amount of confusion regarding their correct identification.
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Article by Geoff Lyth | Essential Oil Profiles | Tags: , , , , | Friday, April 5th, 2013 - 5:31

There are several varieties of the herb thyme, but the ‘common’ thyme used for the production of thyme essential oil is believed to be an improved, cultivated form of the wild thyme which originated in the mountainous regions of Spain and Europe. This plant is the thymol chemotype of the herb Thymus vulgaris which belongs to the Lamiaceae (also known as the Labiate) family. Read more…

Article by Geoff Lyth | Essential Oil Profiles | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Monday, January 7th, 2013 - 2:19

The cinnamon tree belongs to the Lauraceae family and provides commerce with two different oils; cinnamon leaf essential oil and cinnamon bark essential oil. The former oil is the type used in aromatherapy, whereas oil from the bark contains a very high concentration of cinnamic aldehyde which is a powerful skin irritant, therefore this particular type of cinnamon oil should not be used in aromatherapy.
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Article by Geoff Lyth | Essential Oil Profiles | Tags: , , , , , | Sunday, August 5th, 2012 - 7:19